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From 2001 to 2022, Papua New Guinea lost 1789kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 0.1% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Papua New Guinea from 2001 to 2022, 1789kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Papua New Guinea, the top 5 regions were responsible for 52.9% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Western Highlands had the most tree cover loss at 212.7kha compared to an average of 81.3 kha.

Western Highlands212.7kha
East New Britain202.2kha
West New Britain199.9kha
Madang175.9kha
Sandaun156.4kha
From 2000 to 2020, Papua New Guinea experienced a net change of -32.1 kha (-0.08%) in tree cover.
  • The loss total is different from annual tree cover loss, as this data was created using a different method and forest definition. For gross or annual loss information, please see the tree cover loss widget.
  • Disturbance represents areas that experienced both loss and gain between 2000 and 2020
From 2000 to 2020, Papua New Guinea gained 266.1 kha of tree cover equal to 0.20% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Papua New Guinea
Weekly Fire Alerts In Papua New Guinea
In Papua New Guinea the peak fire season typically occurs in October. There were 1041 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Papua New Guinea Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Papua New Guinea Compared to Other Areas
In Papua New Guinea there have been 1,041 VIIRS fire alerts reported so far in 2023 considering high confidence alerts only. This total is high compared to the total for previous years going back to 2023. The most fires recorded in a year was 2015, with 4,545.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 Papua New Guinea experienced a total of 13,648 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Papua New Guinea Battles Surge in Tree Cover Loss and Fire Incidents

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